There's a reason this show just keeps on going. Originally an eight-part series in the 1980s, this gross-out comedy series aimed at the we're-too-cool-for-cartoons demographic has developed a life of its own, with four different seasons in the last twenty years. The premise is simple enough: a kooky family living who live a lighthouse encounter all sorts of weird and wonderful phenomena -- ghosts, magical objects, human ice-cream machines to name a few -- and hilarity ensues. Hilarity always ensues.
Pete, Linda and Bronson Twist are forever getting into some sort of stranger-than-normal adolescent troubles, from turning into a werewolf to being stalked by a crazy porcelain doll. Throw in a beautiful love interest, a gang of wacky bullys, a weird old lady and a scheming town mayor and you have yourself the recipe for an enduring children's program. Wait, did I say children's program? You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this particular show. In fact, I have a couple of the DVDs myself. What's that? You want a link to the intro? Well, I'm sure I can do that...
THE CHARACTERS (OVER THE YEARS): Tony Twist: Richard Moir (Series 1-2)/Andrew S. Gilbert (Series 3-4) Pete Twist: Sam Vandenbergh (Series 1)/Ben Thomas (Series 2)/Rian McLean (Series 3-4) Linda Twist : Tamsin West (Series 1)/Jolene Crnogorac (Series 2)/Ebonnie Maisini (Series 3-4) Bronson Twist: Rodney McLennan (Series 1)/Jeffrey Walker (Series 2)/Matthew Waters (Series 3-4) Harold Gribble: Frankie J. Holden (Series 1)/Mark Mitchell (Series 2-4) Matron Gribble: Judith McGrath (Series 1)/Jan Friedl (Series 2)/Christine Keogh (Series 3-4) James 'Gribbs' Gribble: Lachlan Jeffrey (Series 1)/Richard Young (Series 2)/Brook Skyes (Series 3-4) Tiger: Cameron Nugent (Series 1)/Nick Mitchell (Series 2)/Tom Budge (Series 3-4) Rabbit: Stewart Atkin (Series 1)/Drew Campbell (Series 2)/Samuel Marsland (Series 3-4) Fiona: Daisy Cameron (Series 1)/Zeta Briggs (Series 2)/Kate Barnes (Series 3-4)Anthony: Rueben Liversidge (Series 3-4) Fay James: Robyn Gibbs (Series 1)/ Trudy Heliar (Series 2-3)/Susanne Chapman (Series 4) Mr. Snapper: Esben Storm (Series 1-3)/Ernie Grey (Series 4) Nell Rickards: Bunney Brooke (Series 1-2)/Marion Heathfield (Series 3-4)
Basically? I grew up watching ABC Kids in the 1990s. And I'd like to share some classic old shows with you.
You'll like this blog if:
**you were an Australian child of the nineties who remembers some of the truly amazing childrens' TV shows that we had
**you don't mind me snarking the crap out of them
**you're more than up for a trip down Memory Lane with me (it's a fun place to be, I can assure you)